Jedd Beaudoin

Host/Producer

Jedd Beaudoin is an award-winning writer and broadcaster who has been with KMUW since 2007. He is the host and producer of Strange Currency, a two-hour music show, which airs Monday-Saturday from 8 to 10 p.m. He is also the producer of the bi-weekly trends commentary “A Musical Life,” as well as “Musical Space.” He received his MFA in creative writing (fiction) from Wichita State University in 2001 (where he was a Creative Writing Fellow) and holds a B.A. in English (with an emphasis in writing) from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

Beaudoin hosts Wichita Sessions on KPTS Channel 8. The show, which features local and regional music acts in performance, is now in its third season. Since 1999 he has worked as a freelance journalist. He served as music critic and editor for two Wichita alternative newspapers, F5 (2003-06) and Wichita City Paper (of which he was also managing editor, 2006-07). He currently contributes music, film, and book reviews to PopMatters.com, where he also pens (alternating with two other writers) commentary on country music for the site’s “Kickin’ Up Dust” column.

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Speak with Lewis Black for a few seconds and you realize that the comedian has some things on his mind: namely, the 2016 presidential election, something he says has generated its fair share of humor. But, he adds, it’s not necessarily something that has him laughing.

“It’s funny-on-the-surface funny,” he says. “As a comic, I look at it and I laugh. As a person, it’s utterly reprehensible. You’ve got a two-party system. I’ve never been thrilled with either the Democrats or the Republicans, no matter what people think, and the fact of the matter is, this is it. Enough’s enough.

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Foreigner is currently on a run of shows that will offer fans the chance to hear songs such as “I Want To Know What Love Is” in an acoustic setting.

Multi-instrumentalist Thom Gimbel, who joined the band in the 1990s, says that Foreigner is his true musical home. Gimbel graduated from Berklee College of Music in Boston in the 1980s and soon found himself playing with acclaimed songwriter Jon Butcher.

“He was already a national act even though he was based in New England,” Gimbel says.

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When people talk about the band Chicago, it’s impossible not to mention the group’s horn section.

When the band came onto the music scene in the late 1960s, its sound set it apart from the psychedelic and folk music of the time. Chicago Transit Authority, as it was first known, took elements of classical, jazz and R&B music and emerged with a sound that is distinctly its own.

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Monday, November 21

Swedish band Goat performs in masks and remains wrapped in deep mystery. The group is back with a double LP that draws attentions to its world and heavy rock interests. It’s the band’s idea of an unplugged album but it’s anything but what you’d expect. We’ll hear from Goat’s Requiem on this episode as well as music from Brownout Presents Brown Sabbath, the Latin-infused Black Sabbath tribute project.

Tuesday, November 22

Drew Kelly is a Wichita-based singer songwriter who, here, recounts how a major illness transformed his musical experience. 

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Thursday, November 10

Stick Men is the musical project featuring Pat Mastelotto and Tony Levin of King Crimson as well as Markus Reuter, who has collaborated with both musicians in The Crimson ProjeKCt. Stick Men’s latest release is titled Prog Noir. We’ll hear selections from that as well as music from Mike Watt’s Ring Spiel ‘95 live album featuring Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam and Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters.

Friday, November 11

KMUW's Jedd Beaudoin, Fletcher Powell and Hugo Phan discuss their favorite horror movies. 

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Tuesday, November 1

Listen for selections from the synth-driven project Dynatron’s new release, The Rigel Axiom as well as selections from French synth artist Tommy ‘86’s latest, Transhumanism.

Wednesday, November 2

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Josué is a trumpet player and percussionist based in Wichita. He plays with a variety of acts including Carrie Nation and The Speakeasy, Lewelheds, Odisea, and Soul R. System with Rudy Love, Jr.

“My oldest brother was a guitar player. He played in band. I had never touched an instrument in my life before. He was playing piano one day and said, ‘Hey! Sing C.’ [Sings.] He goes to the piano and hits the key and [it was the same]. I found out I had perfect pitch when I was seven.

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The Colorado-based, hip-hop centric band Flobots has completed a new album, No Enemies, that will be released in early 2017. Having spent a lot of time in the studio over the past year, the group decided to end 2016 by taking to the road for the Your Life Matters tour. Founding member Jamie “Johnny 5” Laurie says he hopes the tour will show the band that music remains a uniting factor in the lives of ordinary people.

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